Last week, while promoting new film Suffragette, Time Out asked the First Lady of Fabulous the seemingly superfluous question 'u a feminist, bae?'... Streep responded with this curveball: "I am a humanist. I aim for a nice easy balance."
In modern Britain, women are to be workers, and workers only. Care and family work, the women and men who do it, and any importance placed on their work, are to be crushed by the New Party of the Workers - because a 'Worker' is all you are allowed to be.
For those who say we have equality, that we don't need feminism: yes, we do. A voting card was not a certificate of achievement; it was the starting gun for an endurance event. We need feminism for ourselves, we need it in memory of those women, and we need it for the safety of our daughters.
Chris Moyles, the once-self proclaimed Saviour of Radio 1, has had an interesting few weeks. When his radio comeback was announced in September, the announcement was almost overshadowed by two tiny words featured in the Radio X's playlist - "male focussed"...
Men's emotions have been a tetchy subject for centuries. Not since the Romantic Era have blokes had the luxury of publicly indulging in their innermost feelings. Alas, if the likes of Lord Byron and William Blake were teenagers today in a London state school, they would probably have 'Bender', 'Fag' and 'Pussy' cruelly scrawled across their lockers.
We should disregard the perverse arguments - made by some - that the ability to abuse and threaten others is a free speech matter and nothing should be done - because this issue is actually about the limiting of free speech.
My disorder manifests itself through tremendous, terrifying highs - moments when my brain almost fizzes over with boundless energy, and excitement, and the utter gloriousness of being completely convinced that every thought I have and every decision I make is absolutely correct.
These projects have definitely raised awareness of the fact that firstly, lad culture and rape culture exist, and secondly that they are an important issue and people deserve to feel safe when they go out. But as the experiences of this years' freshers show, there is still a lot that needs to change.
Back door exits such as mine are also usually shrouded in the threat of an NDA (I was told that the meeting in which I was sacked was 'without prejudice', which meant I couldn't refer to it in a tribunal). This ensures that you can't tell people what actually happened, robbing you first of a job, and then of your ability to share your story.
Why do I write? Because, you know, I have the right. Why do I write about women? Because I can. A Woman is where my self has been living. Why d...
When I write film reviews, lovely geeky nerds discuss my ideas, adding their own opinions to the thread and we have a lovely old time. When I post articles about food, or recipes and even veganism, the internet respectfully disagrees with my personal hatred of tofu and we all have a lovely old time.
A bunch of trashy newspapers ran smug stories (what's new pussycat?) where their glee and excitement shone through as they proclaimed that Proudman has made comments from her PERSONAL Facebook account to MEN SHE KNOWS praising them for their appearance. Er yeah and? I really am failing to see this so called hypocrisy the cretins are highlighting.
The level of culture change that's needed for cyclists to feel safe all the time is dauntingly huge. At best, motorists are telling cyclists, "Yes this is our game, our bat, our ball, our rules - but you can play if you want. We own the road but you can use it. What more do you want?" What needs to happen is a new game, new rules. Power has to change hands. That's still a long way off.
Women are consistently told how they should portray themselves. We are told to be thinner, to be whiter, to be more feminine, we are told that we are wrong and that we should rid ourselves of undesirable attributes. But what if we don't want to be carbon copies of one another?
It isn't progressive to elect a woman as leader regardless of what her policies are - it's ridiculous, and patronizing too. We. Are. Different. Some of us like ice cream, some of us don't. Some of us like capitalism, some of us aren't such big fans. Sharing the same genitalia does not mean you will share the same values.
COMPLIMENT-GATE! At least that's what the Daily Mailers are already calling it. (By the way when exactly did the suffix 'gate' become a way to belit...